Watch Sherlock The Abominable Bride anywhere in the world



Chris, a UK-born media connoisseur, is an expert in watching international TV. Known as "The Global Screen Wanderer", he has travelled extensively across the globe with long stints away from home. With over 10 years of experience he has become the go-to guru for streaming content from home and abroad.

Sherlock fans rejoice. A new Christmas Special episode of Sherlock will be shown on January 1st, 2016. In this guide I’m going to show you how you can watch Sherlock The Abominable Bride anywhere in the world.

If you’re lucky enough to live in the UK then you can watch the special on BBC at 21:00.

You’ll also be able to watch it live on BBC iPlayer or by using their catch-up service if you miss it for up to 30 days after the original air date.

What if I’m not in the UK?

If you don’t live in the UK then unfortunately you’ll find by trying to access BBC iPlayer it is blocked. You’ll see a screen similar to the one below.

Content blocked

An example of a block message you may see.

Thankfully there is a way to bypass this block using a simple tool known as a VPN.

A VPN allows you to alter your online location and appear as if you’re in another country. In essence you can virtually reside in another location. When you try to access BBC iPlayer it firstly checks your internet connection to see where you’re located and if you’re not in the UK then it blocks you as seen in the image above.

With a VPN it won’t block you because it thinks you’re in the UK regardless of what country you are actually in allowing you to watch Sherlock The Abominable Bride anywhere in the world.

A VPN can be used on a PC, Mac, Android or iOS device although for tablets and phones you’ll need to have the BBC iPlayer app downloaded already to watch Sherlock so it’s easier to watch on a computer or laptop.

Watch Sherlock The Abominable Bride anywhere in the world

First thing is you’ll need a VPN service. These are supplied by VPN providers and there are thousands of companies around the world who offer them.

A VPN service should cost you no more than about US$5-10 per month. You’ll need a VPN service that offers a UK connection which will also be known as a UK server.

You’ll also need a VPN service that is fast because if you’re streaming Sherlock all the way from the UK to your location then speed is important.

After testing numerous VPN services I’ve found IPVanish is the best option for watching Sherlock The Abominable Bride anywhere in the world. Just follow the link below to sign up.

Watch Sherlock anywhere.

Watch Sherlock The Abominable Bride anywhere in the world. Fast Speed, Low Price & Suitable for UK TV.

How do I use the VPN service

If you want to watch on a tablet or phone you need the BBC iPlayer app already installed which isn’t possible easily outside the UK.

Watching on a PC or Mac is easier so I’ll show you a simple step-by-step allowing you to watch Sherlock The Abominable Bride anywhere in the world.

  • Firstly download the IPVanish software from their website under VPN Software.
  • Double click the installation file downloaded to install.
  • Run the software.
  • Select United Kingdom and press Connect.IPVanish UK v3
  • Wait for the software to make connection.
  • Once connected visit the BBC iPlayer website.

Now that Sherlock has been shown live in the UK you can watch for up to 30-days online on BBC iPlayer from 01/Jan/16.

Once you’ve finished watching just disconnect from IPVanish and carry on as normal. You can use the VPN service from IPVanish to watch other British TV shows so take a look around the BBC iPlayer site and some of the other UK streaming sites and see what you can find. With your new VPN service you can watch it all anywhere you want!

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